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Global Ballooning, Richmond

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by Gwen O'Toole-Luscombe (subscribe)
Gwen O’Toole is an accomplished writer focusing on travel, food, wine and events management. Follow her on Instagram @Gwennieo
Published October 18th 2015
An unforgettable view from the top
Get a bird's eye view of the Melbourne CBD or even the Yarra Valley with unforgettable views.

Recently, I was lucky enough to travel sky-high with Global Ballooning over the Melbourne CBD, departing from Richmond.

The sunrise hot air balloon flights offer some of the most remarkable views of the Melbourne city skyline as well as beyond.

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Get a bird's eye view over Melbourne with Global Ballooning. Image:The Ideas Library

For CBD flights, it's a pre-sunrise start from the Pullman on the Park Hotel about an hour before sunrise (you'll be advise of the exact time the evening prior).

At the meeting point, your pilot gives you a briefing on what to expect and then you're off to your launch point. At the launch point, it's all hands on deck as you assist in setting up the balloon prior to launch - a great way to help wake you up and get the blood pumping.

From there, stand back in awe as the fire kicks on and fills the balloon with hot air.

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Baloon filling with hot air prior to lift off. Image:The Ideas Library

Group numbers are kept pretty small (we went with 10 others on a full basket) and you'll fly in a hot air balloon for approximately one hour over the city of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs with views that stretch for kilometers, depending on the clarity of the morning. Enjoy the sunrise as well as spotting the city's popular landmarks (or even your own house!)

The flight is rather smooth and peaceful and certainly a once in a lifetime experience. The flight is suitable for children and adults who have average strength and mobility and once the flight comes to its decent, there's even the extra option (for an additional $40) to have a champagne buffet breakfast at the conclusion of your trip.

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Your view from the top. Image:The Ideas Library

If drifting of the Yarra Valley is more your cup of tea, you'll fins flights available for the Yarra as well. Global Ballooning also offers a wide variety of experience packages that include accommodation, wine tasting and plenty of other added extras so you can create the perfect experience for yourself or a special someone.
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Why? For an unforgettable view of the Melbourne CBD
When: Most mornings, pre-sunrise
Phone: (03) 9428-5703
Where: Departs from Pullman on the Park
Cost: Starts from $440 adults and $340 for children, excluding optional breakfast
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